For thousands of years, master Native artists have dedicated time, resources, and support to the next generation, passing on the skills, arts practice, and cultural understanding needed to perpetuate visual and traditional arts and lifeways. Yet in today’s fast-paced and…
After eight years of creative visioning, planning and community engagement Postcommodity’s “Repellent Fence” (or Valla Repelente, in Spanish) goes airborne connecting the lands north and south of what is today the U.S./Mexico border. The installation, which launched October 10th, involved 26 scare-eye balloons tethered to the Sonoran Desert ground, that spanned a two-mile stretch and physically and metaphorically created a direct line of communication between communities and their many stakeholders. Repellent Fence is one of NACF’s Community Inspiration Program Pilot Projects.
Art collective Postcommodity is completing three projects with the publics of the Tohono O’odham, U.S. and Mexico nations exploring experiences along the U.S./Mexico border, including the Tohono O’odham tribal boundaries which pre-date the political border that currently separates communities.
Poet Natalie Diaz attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey she returned to ODU for an MFA in writing. Her publications include Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, among others. Her work was selected by Natasha Trethewey, 2012 U.S. Poet Laureate, for Best New Poets. She has received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and her debut book, When My Brother Was An Aztec, was published by the prestigious Copper Canyon Press.